Taliban suggests prisoner swap including Idaho soldier




Posted on June 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 20 at 6:01 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The family of the Idaho soldier held captive by the Taliban released a statement Thursday morning, according to the Idaho National Guard.

The statement read: "The Bergdahl family are very encouraged by these most recent developments. They hope that discussions will lead to the safe return of their son." 

The statement came after Afghan Taliban say they are ready to hand over a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
A Taliban spokesman, Shaheen Suhail, says U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, "is as far as I know in good condition."
Suhail spoke in an exclusive telephone interview with The Associated Press from the newly opened Taliban offices in Doha, Qatar.
Bergdahl disappeared in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.
Shaheen says "first has to be the release of detainees," and after that, the Taliban "want to build bridges of confidence."
He offered no details on Bergdahl's whereabouts.
He spoke as the U.S. scrambles to save talks with the Taliban after angry complaints from President Hamid Karzai.